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Vol. LXVI, No. 17
August 15, 2014
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Friends of NICHD Host Capitol Hill Briefing on Health Disparities

At the recent congressional briefing are (from l) NICHD director Dr. Alan Guttmacher, Dr. Yvonne Maddox, Dr. Regina James, Dr. Jack Yanovski and Dr. Shavon Artis.

At the recent congressional briefing are (from l) NICHD director Dr. Alan Guttmacher, Dr. Yvonne Maddox, Dr. Regina James, Dr. Jack Yanovski and Dr. Shavon Artis.

Photo: Christine M. Rogers

The Friends of NICHD sponsored a congressional briefing, “Celebrating the Career of Dr. Yvonne Maddox: Spotlight on Disparities Research,” recently. The event was held to recognize Dr. Yvonne Maddox, who served as deputy director of NICHD for 19 years. In April, she was appointed acting director of the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities by NIH director Dr. Francis Collins.

The briefing highlighted NICHD’s work in health disparities, one of Maddox’s greatest areas of interest and passion during her career at NICHD. Speakers included NICHD director Dr. Alan Guttmacher; Dr. Jack Yanovski, chief, section on growth and obesity, Program on Developmental Endocrinology and Genetics; Dr. Regina James, director, Office of Health Equity; and Dr. Shavon Artis, coordinator, Safe to Sleep campaign.

Attendees included members of the Friends of NICHD and staff from 10 congressional offices, such as Rep. Nita Lowey (D-NY), Rep. William Enyart (D-IL) and Rep. Mike Honda (D-CA). Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) hosted the briefing on behalf of the Friends of NICHD.

The Friends of NICHD is an independent consortium of more than 100 scientific, advocacy and consumer groups that have a particular interest in the programs and mission of NICHD. The group works to coordinate activities in the legislative and executive arenas that support NIH.


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